The Galaxy Round was just made official by Samsung. It’s a 5.7-inch Note 3-like device with a curve right down the middle of the device. Samsung is claiming they’ve made some specific software adjustments to make use of the curvature, such as showing certain notifications when the phone is tilted to the side while laying flat, and gesture based actions in the applications in the software. I’m skeptical about this design and the practicalities at the moment.The curve might make it more comfortable to hold in the hand, but my concerns are over fitting in a pocket, car cradle etc.
The specs are just about identical to the Note 3, excluding the S Pen. It’s got a 1080p screen, 3 GB of RAM, a quad-core processor, and a 13 megapixel camera. Samsung add that as a result of its unique curved design, users can take advantage of round integration experiences like the Roll Effect that enables user to check information such as date, time, missed call and battery easily when home screen is off, and the Gravity Effect for creating visual interaction with the screen by tilting the device. For music, the Bounce UX enables users to control their music. When the GALAXY ROUND’s display is off while the music player is running, a short press to the left of the device will play the previous track while a short press to the right will play the next track. For pictures and videos, the Side Mirror feature enables users to gain access to list of the album content with a left and right tilt.
It should cost around 1,000 dollars and if you want one you best fly to Korea to pick one up.
So what do you think?
For peace of mind the official specs are –
GALAXY ROUND Product Specifications
-Network -LTE 150/50M bps
-Processor – MSM 8974 (Quad Krait 2.3 GHz)
-Display -5.7” Full HD Super Flexible AMOLED
– Memory – 32 GB + microSD (up to 64GB)3GB RAM
-Camera – 13 MP AF w/Flash + 2MPCamera Mode: Drama Shot, Sound & Shot, Animated Photo, Eraser, Best Photo, Best Face, Beauty Face, HDR (High Dynamic Range), Panorama, Sports, Golf, Surround shot, Live effect
– Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)
– Connectivity – Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, WiFi Direct, BT 4.0 (BLE), USB 3.0, GPS+GLONASS, NFC
– Additional Features – Group Play: Share Music, Share Picture, Share Video, Share Document, Play Games
– Story Album, S Translator
– Samsung Smart Scroll, Samsung Smart Pause, Air Gesture, Air View
– Samsung Apps, Samsung Hub, ChatON (Voice/Video Call, Share screen, 3-way calling), Samsung WatchON
– S Voice™ Hands Free, S Health
– Samsung Adapt Display, Samsung Adapt Sound
– Auto adjust touch sensitivity (Glove friendly)
– Samsung Link, Screen Mirroring
– Safety Assistance, Samsung KNOX
– Dimension 151.1ⅹ79.6ⅹ7.9mm, 154g
– Battery – 2,800mAh